Jefferson and Hornets dominate, keep Sixers winless
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Al Jefferson had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and the Hornets put five players in double figures in a 113-88 home victory over Philadelphia that kept the 76ers winless. The Sixers dropped to 0-13 and haven't won since last March 27. They have dropped 23 in a row overall and are nearing the NBA record for longest losing streak that they already share.
The Hornets, meanwhile, improved to 7-6, and are now 5-1 at home after winning their past five home games. Point guard Kemba Walker added 20 points and seven assists for Charlotte, which led by as much as 26. Nerlens Noel led the Sixers with 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting in the first game he has not started this season. Nik Stauskas added 15 points.
Jefferson led all players at halftime with 18 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.HIGHLIGHTS
•THUNDER RALLY FALLS SHORT: Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and visiting New York beat Oklahoma City 93-90 for its third straight victory. The Thunder rallied from a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter, but Dion Waiters' potential tying shot rattled out at the buzzer. Russell Westbrook led Oklahoma City with 34 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, but the NBA's No. 3 scorer made 11 of 29 shots and went 2-for-10 on three-pointers. Oklahoma City fell to 2-3 without Kevin Durant. He sat out with a strained left hamstring.
•RUNAWAY SECOND QUARTER: Avery Bradley scored 21 points and Isaiah Thomas added 18 points and nine assists to lead Boston past visiting Brooklyn 120-95. The Celtics shot 62 percent in the first half and ran away with the game in the second quarter when they went 18-for-21 from the field (86 percent) and closed with a 26-7 run. Thomas scored all 14 of his first-half points — including four three-pointers — during that stretch.
•DAVIS BOUNCES BACK: Anthony Davis had 20 points and 18 rebounds in his return from a sore shoulder, and the Pelicans beat the San Antonio Spurs 104-90 in New Orleans for their second win of the season. LaMarcus Aldridge left in the first quarter after twisting his left ankle but returned and finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
•DALLAS WINS SIXTH IN A ROW: Deron Williams scored a season-high 23 points, Dirk Nowitzki had 19 and Dallas beat Utah 102-93 at home for its sixth straight victory.The Mavericks led 92-87 when Williams hit his fourth three-pointer of the game. He then grabbed a defensive rebound and assisted on a jumper by Nowitzki. Williams, who played his first 5 ½ NBA seasons with the Jazz, also had eight assists and six rebounds.
•MEMPHIS GRINDS OUT VICTORY: Mike Conley scored 26 points, Marc Gasol had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Grizzlies beat the Houston Rockets 96-84 at home. Matt Barnes finished with 12 points and Mario Chalmers added 10 as Memphis won its fourth straight. James Harden led the Rockets with 22 points but missed six of his seven shots from beyond the arc. Houston committed a season-high 23 turnovers, leading to 30 Memphis points.
•SUNS RECOVER TO WIN: Brandon Knight scored 38 points, Eric Bledsoe had 22 and the visiting Suns rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Nuggets 114-107. Rookie guard Emmanuel Mudiay had 26 points for Denver, and Gary Harris had 20. The Suns trailed most of the game but went ahead early in the fourth with an 11-0 run.
•WIZARDS' WEBSTER OUT: Washington Wizards forward Martell Webster is expected to miss the entire NBA season after having surgery on his right hip. The team says Webster's operation, in Tennessee on Friday, repaired the labrum and damaged cartilage in his hip.